(My nine-year old daughter, Sarah, presented the following essay to me last night as I was catching a late dinner at home. I told her that it was so wonderful that I would share it with the world through my blog today. At first she seemed a bit intimidated by the thought of so many people reading it. But then her social-self sprang forth and seemed delighted for this to happen. She is not ashamed to believe in the magnificent story of God’s incarnation. And I am not ashamed to admit that I am extremely proud of her. Way to go Sarah!!!)
“1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning.3Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.4In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it…14The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:1-5&14).
The Word is Jesus. The Word became flesh and lived among us. Humans! Jesus, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, came to live with us! Why? Simple! Because of His unfailingly infinite love for us. Because he was God, and God is merciful and loving and kind and infinite. Infinite. God infinitely loves. God infinitely pours out his infinite mercy and kindness for us!
The Word became flesh for a reason. That reason was because God is all-knowing. Infinite. He knew, before time began, we would come! You would come! I would come! And because of his infinite powers, we came! And because we came, so did Satan. Satan was looking for any and every opportunity to ruin God’s plans. Of course, because God is infinite, he knew Satan would come before Satan knew himself. So Satan came at this perfect opportunity, drawn like a shark to a bleeding animal in the waters. Satan came. But God was prepared.
He knew Satan would come, which is why the Word became flesh and dwelt among us-to destroy the works of the devil in us. And doing so, the Father poured out his infinite glory and salvation. Jesus came for a reason. Satan, I believe, came as part of God’s one big holy and infinite plan-the objective: glorify God. Because Satan came, so did Jesus. Because Jesus came, he gave us salvation. Because we get salvation if we believe in Christ Jesus, God was glorified by showing how infinitely powerful he is! He is SO powerful that He can save us and yet be the same God we know-infinite, merciful, loving, holy, and so many other things that would crash if he didn’t stay the same!
If God were not the God we knew, merciful, everlasting, never-changing, loving, kind, holy, infinite, he would not be God. But we don’t have to worry about that, because, God is infinite all the time, and all the time God is infinite.
We owe a lot to our infinite God. The best we can do is spread the Word, and spread God’s infinite joy while doing so.
This is what I believe.